Program Specialist

Job description

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Health Professions and ESIL

Program Specialist

Position #744082 - Requisition 13034

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Program Specialist position.

This position will work in two dynamic, student-centered academic programs at CU Denver: the Health Professions Program and the Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands Program. The goal of the Health Professions Program is to help students apply to and improve their chances of success in health-related careers ( The goal of the Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) Program is to train students for employment as environmental tribal liaisons ( Both programs support student diversity and work to increase student retention and success in their academic programming. Both programs offer students in-depth coursework, extracurricular activities, and hands-on internships to meet the needs of their designated career goals.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

As Colorado's only public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver educates more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and with easy access to the state's cultural, business and civic hub, our students benefit from immersive classroom and real-world experiences, supplemented by unparalleled internship and networking opportunities. As the most diverse research university in Colorado, our campus attracts top students and offers over more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges, as well as more than 30 online degree programs. Home to over 40 research centers and institutes, CU Denver receives more than $25 million in sponsored research awards annually, allowing us to generate knowledge and create solutions to society's most complex problems. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Position Emphasis:

This position works closely with the Director of the Health Professions Program Office and the Director of the Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) Program, and other constituents on and off campus to provide high quality, efficient, student-driven support and programming. This position exists to ensure the achievement of the long and short-term goals of two dynamic and complex educational programs that foster diversity and inclusion by managing, organizing, and establishing administrative processes to deliver program services; supervising and managing several budgets related to program operations; representing the Director of the Health Professions Program Office and the Director of the ESIL Program in managing faculty, staff, and student personnel appointments; and creating long and short-term administrative goals and related reports within the Health Professions Program and ESIL. The individual in the position will be a key member of the team in facilitating student success in the admission, retention, and graduation of students. This requires a high level of cultural sensitivity since many of the students are from a variety of backgrounds requiring the individual to have a high level of professional judgment to assess needs and make decisions regarding right action and advocacy appropriate to a given situation. It also requires the ability to engage stakeholders appropriately to ensure the best outcome for the students, external and internal stakeholders, and overall, program. In addition, this position is responsible for budget oversight with fiduciary responsibility to ensure the proper use of funding and fiscal planning in collaboration with leadership to ensure adequate resources are available to realize the goals of the various programs. This includes supporting and assisting the Director of the Health Professions Program Office, the Health Professions Program Coordinator, and the Project Administrator for ESIL, with expenditure management, procure-to-pay, and travel management responsibilities. Administrative oversight includes exercising professional judgment in determining staffing resource needs and completing all required human resource and payroll processes for timely onboarding and compensation. The position will be required to manage and ensure the smooth coordination of travel and events for various internal and external constituents (e.g., executive leadership, staff, faculty and students). This may include individuals at the highest level of the University community, as well as, important community leaders. This position will collaborate extensively with the leadership team in the development and updating of marketing and promotional efforts. This will include creating and updating the website, media communications and marketing materials. The position may require some travel or off-campus work. A component of the position will include oversight of the student intern program to ensure proper assignment and scheduling of students to promote the utmost experiential learning opportunity. In addition, this position will perform outreach and facilitate internship agreements with community entities in partnership with key members of the work unit. This position must be able to work with minimal supervision. Projects in other areas may be assigned as needed to support program initiatives.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position will be up to $56,844 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in business, education, social science or STEM fields, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • One year of professional administrative experience in an academic setting or a professional setting (Para-professional experience cannot be substituted for professional experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year of experience in a higher education setting, including knowledge and experience working with educational programming.
  • Experience working with diverse students from entry to graduation within a high volume setting.
  • Experience and demonstrated passion for working with diverse faculty and staff and community partners.
  • Experience utilizing technologies that support general operations for educational programs (University of Colorado Human Resource System, eProcurement system, CU SIS , CU Market Place, CU M-Fin reports etc.).
  • Successful experience enforcing and explaining complex College and University policies and procedures.
  • Significant experience cultivating relationships within the College and with other student and academic affairs units on campus.


  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in working with students from diverse backgrounds and within a culturally diverse environment. Commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and within a collaborative work environment.
  • Demonstrated computer skills with willingness to learn.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical and technical skills.
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be a self-starter, quick learner, and highly motivated.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Timberly Roane at [email protected]

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by April 16, 2018. Those who do not apply by April 16th may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30093 - CLAS-Biology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 27, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Timberly Roane

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744082





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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 5/15/2018
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